NBC News reported yesterday that that they had in their possession a declassified document that permits the targeted killing of individuals who are part of terrorist groups…even if they’re American citizens.
This Department of Justice (DOJ) “white paper” (click here for the actual document) is a shortened version of a much longer 2010 legal memo that solidifies governmental approval for extrajudicial killings if the individual if “‘an informed, high-level official’ deems him to present a ‘continuing’ threat to the country…even if the target has never been charged with a crime or informed of the allegations against him, and even if the target is not located anywhere near an actual battlefield.”
The ACLU does a great job walking through the paper’s contradictions. They’re also in the throes of a FOIA request regarding the targeted killings of three US citizens in Yemen; legal memos surrounding the al-Awlaki and Khan killings are
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